In case you didn’t catch it, the LDS Church now owns 2% of the state of Florida. Since I try not to bug my still Mormon family members about the LDS Church very often, I decided to go to the always available source for thoughts on this: Missionary Chat. My rules for the chat were simple: ask the missionary (turns out there were two) why the LDS Church was buying so much property in Florida, wait for the answer, then say goodbye. I wasn’t trying to pick a fight or anything, I just wanted to know what a missionary would say (so convenient). Here’s the transcript (I’m Bob):
David (Really? Isn’t it Elder Johnson or something?): Hi, how are you?
Bob: Fine. How are you?
David: great thanks! How can we help you today?
Bob: I have a questions about the LDS Church. I’m wondering why the LDS Church owns 2% of the state of Florida.
David: I wasn’t aware of that… What do they own in Florida?
Bob: Hundreds of thousands of acres of property. Deseret Citrus and Cattle Ranch.
David: Oh ok.
Bob: And they just bought another ranch in the panhandle used for timber. Why does a church own so much for-profit property?
Kevin (his companion, I suppose): So a lot of this ties into the churches welfare program. The food or objects produced goes to help people where they need it. Here is a link that expalians a little more on this.
Bob: Okay. Thanks.
Kevin: Ya no problem! Are there any other questions that we can help you with.
Bob: Nope. That’s it. Have a good day.
Kevin: Okay! Have a great day Bob!
So, David had no idea, and Kevin gave the apologetic response, which doesn’t make sense. Can’t feed timber or shell rock to people without food. Off to a good start. I’m going to keep asking my ever-present missionaries questions to see what they know. Should be fun.